‘Il-Ħanina Maddalena’, a new Maltese musical telling the story of the Magdalene Sisters of Valletta, will premiere on the 18th of July as part of this year’s edition of the Malta International Arts Festival.

The musical, which is inspired by true events, tells the story of one of Valletta’s hidden secrets, the Magdalene Sisters. Set in the 18th century, it follows the story of three “verginelle” who join the monastery of St Mary Magdalene. Today, the tiny chapel in Merchant Street in Valletta is one of the few reminders of this order, which inspired the story behind ‘Il-Ħanina Maddalena’.

It will premiere on the 18th of July at Pjazza Teatru Rjal. More shows will follow on the 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29th of July.

‘Il-Ħanina Maddalena’ is written by Simon Bartolo and Loranne Vella, with music by  Dominic Galea. The production is being directed by Josette Ciappara, with choreography by Dorian Mallia and Diane Portelli. Over fifty artists and well-known personalities including Chiara, Amber, Leontine and Dorothy Bezzina will be taking part. .

This musical is part of the Malta International Arts Festival, and is commissioned by Valletta 2018 and Festivals Malta, and supported by PBS Malta, the Malta Film Commission and the Valletta Local Council.

Tickets can be found from www.ilhanina.com. Those buying tickets during June will enjoy a €5 reduction. For more information call on 2339 7000.